September 06, 2019 Issue

In Focus

Fuel to the Fire

A fire burns in part of Brazil’s Amazon on August 25 near Porto Velho. The Amazon, which is home to 1 million indigenous people in Brazil, has suffered from 40,300 fires so far this year, the fastest rate of burning since 2013, when record keeping began. Wildfires do occur during dry months, but illegal fires, which are started to deforest land for ranching or prepare already cleared land for next year’s harvest, are also common.
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